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SEECE focuses on the reliability and affordability of the energy supply during the transition to a sustainable world.
The Dutch Energy Agreement  that was adopted in June 2019 presents us with major challenges. Challenges in terms of knowledge and innovation, but also challenges in the field of human capital.

As part of the Energy Agreements, an integrated knowledge and innovation agenda (KIA) has been drawn up. This has been elaborated in 13 multi-year mission-driven innovation programs (MMIP’s), which will largely determine the national research agenda and thus guide practice-oriented research at universities of applied sciences and its funding.
The energy transition is creating a growing demand for energy professionals. Employment is increasing as a result of the energy transition, whereby a limited availability of professionals will determine the speed of the energy transition. In particular, there is a shortage of technicians and other professionals who can help realize the investments and sustainable energy measures. More people are needed for the work and current professionals need to be retrained.
Recruiting, training and retraining people for energy technology requires close public-private partnership network within the sector and the region. It is a joint responsibility and investment of employers, employees, government, and educational institutions.
In the cooperation within SEECE, the innovation agenda and the human capital agenda are linked together in order to create an added value that exceeds the sum of the individual contributions. SEECE's goals are linked to these two agendas.

Innovation by research

SEECE works on a coherent research program that has been developed together with the business partners. How the research contributes to a sustainable, affordable, and reliable system for the energy supply of the future is the central question in this research program. The SEECE affiliated research groups of the university of applied sciences HAN are always focused on this.

SEECE offers support to participate in subsidized projects in new networks through strategies discussed in advance, in line with the SEECE areas. Among other things, through participation in national and international alliances (LEVE) and in projects and programs (Multi-year Mission-Driven Innovation Programs (MMIPs) and the program ‘De Uitdaging’). In doing so, we are making contact with larger partners, but also with SME’s, which have no possibility to innovate without participating in consortia.

The knowledge gained enforces the degree courses at HAN and improves the quality of education. Where possible, the research is conducted with students so they gain experience at an early stage in their career. Students of the School of Engineering and Automotive are exposed to energy technology in an early phase of their education and regularly come into contact with professional practice. For example, they go on excursions and carry out assignments for energy companies.

More bachelor qualified work capacity (Human Capital)

We are working on more adequately educated energy professionals, to meet the human capital needs of our partners, our region, and the energy sector in general.

We pursue an annual growth in the outflow in the most energy-related Engineering courses, especially the School of Engineering and Automotive, from associate degree, bachelor, and master courses, as well as professional post graduate education courses.

SEECE is working on increasing the intake in technical courses by developing new energy-related courses for new target groups, English-taught bachelor's courses, apprenticeship trajectories for practical HAVO students, new associate degree courses and apprenticeship trajectories for status holders.

Stimulans working in triangle of research, education and entrepreneurs

We are working on creating conditions for students, teachers, and researchers to work in co-creation with companies and governments on the problems for the energy world of tomorrow. With SEECE partners IPKW and the Municipality of Arnhem the O-Zone project started in 2018, in which several hybrid learning environments were realized, such as Mobility Innovation Center, Energy for a Sustainable Built Environment/Powerlab. SEECE has also contributed to the realization of the HAN H2LAB, which is now operational.

SEECE wants to contribute to the upscaling and embedding of all hybrid learning environments in the new energy innovation lab CONNECTR at Industriepark Kleefse Waard (IPKW) in Arnhem.

Reliability and affordability

Those kinds of technical issues are addressed by the Sustainable Electrical Energy Centre of Expertise (SEECE), where educational institutions and companies collaborate on research into new technology. HAN University of Applied Sciences recently launched a new research group: Reliable Power Supply. It is led by Endowed Professor Rob Ross, who is also active at the high-voltage grid manager TenneT.

As the name suggests, this research group is concerned with the reliability of the electricity supply. But it doesn't stop there; this research group and other parts of SEECE also strongly focus on the affordability of energy. Innovations need to solve technical problems, but they also need to be financially interesting.

More energy education

We want to remain committed to developing new initiatives in the field of lifelong learning and learning communities for the energy sector.

We have been developing SEECE-related Associate Degree, Bachelor and Master levels and professional post graduate courses since the start of SEECE's foundation. The theme and structure is determined on the basis of questions from SME’s. This includes companies that deliver both energy systems and energy components and that lack the capacity to manufacture their products in-house. It also involves companies that want to improve their sustainable energy use and find out whether and how they can use specific systems.